A senior government official is concerned over the high prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Kafue district especially among youths.
Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Susan Sikaneta, said Kafue is ranked high in
terms of HIV/AIDS prevalence because of it being a gateway to Lusaka and Zambia as a
Ms. Sikaneta was speaking in Lusaka today when an association of Medical Doctors of
Asia delegation paid a courtesy call on her at her office.
The delegation led by country representative, Virgil Hawkins, is in the province to
investigate the prevailing HIV/AIDS situation before coming up with a project
proposal for a life skills centre in district.
Mr. Hawkins, who was accompanied by project manager Makiko Kinoshita, said the
association runs Tuberculoisis treatment support projects attached to health centres
in George and Kanyama compounds.
Ms. Sikaneta said the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has been triggered by the high
poverty levels and the presence of too many bars and taverns in the district.
She said government through the provincial liquor licensing board is implementing
measures aimedat reducing the number of bars and taverns that pose a danger to
youths in the district.
Earlier, Kafue District Commissioner, Michael Bwalya, told the delegation that the
district had an HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 24.5 per cent.